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ACC notebook: Streak broken for FSU's Hudson

10/31/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here are a few neat notes from the sports information directors throughout the league:

FLORIDA STATE
Last Saturday against Virginia Tech, sophomore guard Rodney Hudson was whistled for a false start penalty. It was the first time in his career -- covering 1,024 snaps -- that the true sophomore has been penalized for anything. Considering he has started 17 games since his true freshman season last year, it is a remarkable stat.

Hudson also saw another amazing streak come to an end. In the first game of his career in 2007 versus Clemson, he allowed one sack. Sixteen games later he was beat again for a ½ sack versus the Hokies. It was the first one he has allowed since his first start.

Hudson has received the top overall grade in four of seven games this season among offensive linemen and has been number two twice. He has been ranked first in either run blocking or pass blocking eight times. 

BOSTON COLLEGE
BC is 3-0 against Clemson since joining the ACC in 2005, but those three wins have come by a combined seven points. The teams' first two meetings as conference foes in 2005 and 2006 both went to overtime. Clemson is the only team Boston College has ever faced from the Palmetto State and the Eagles hold a slight 8-7-2 advantage in the all-time series. To commemorate the series that dates back to 1940, the Boston College Gridiron Club initiated the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy which will be awarded to the winner of the game. The MVP will be awarded a genuine leather helmet that is a replica of the one his team wore back in the 1940s.

MIAMI
Eighteen of Miami's 26 offensive touchdowns this season have come on drives of three minutes or shorter, with nine of those 26 touchdowns coming in under a minute. In fact, UM's longest touchdown drive in terms of used game clock was a 4:28-drive resulting in a Shawnbrey McNeal 1-yard rushing touchdown with 4:19 to play in the fourth quarter against Duke.

NC STATE
Russell Wilson has an active streak of 117 straight passing attempts without throwing an interception. That streak spans Wilson's last four games, as his last pass attempt at Clemson was picked off. That is the longest such streak for the Wolfpack without an interception since Philip Rivers went 126 attempts in 2003, and is the fifth-longest streak in school history dating back to 1970.

VIRGINIA
According to this week's Sagarin ratings, Virginia has played the second toughest schedule in the FBS.

The Cavaliers' opponents boast a 42-24 record (.636), tops among all ACC schools. Five of UVa's FBS opponents already are bowl eligible, while two more are one win shy. The Sagarin Strength of Schedule Ratings: 1. Washington (78.73); 2. Virginia (77.67); 3. Purdue (76.45); 4. Oregon State (76.32); 5. Duke (76.10).

WAKE FOREST/DUKE
Saturday's game marks the first time since 1971 that both the Deacons and the Blue Devils have met with each team having a winning record. Wake entered that 1971 contest with a record of 5-4 while Duke came in at 6-3. Wake Forest posted a 23-7 win over the Blue
Devils in Winston-Salem as three Demon Deacons each rushed for over 100 yards. Ken Garrett led the way with 131 yards while Larry Russell gained 112 yards and Larry Hopkins added 103 as the Deacons compiled 345 yards on the ground.

FSU/GEORGIA TECH
Over the past 10 seasons combined, Florida State and Georgia Tech have won more conference games than any teams in the league, Since 1999, Florida State is 57-19 in ACC games, while Georgia Tech is 46-31.